China warns U.S. will "pay the price" if Pelosi visits Taiwan
Nancy Pelosi is expected to make a controversial stop in Taiwan as part of her Asia tour, long rumored but never officially declared as part of her itinerary. As the White House seeks to de-escalate tensions, China warns the U.S. will pay the price for challenging its sovereignty over the island. Nancy Cordes reports.news.yahoo.com
10-year-old Japanese golfer closing in on 12th sponsor
The sponsors are so important that Suto's mother and caddie, former figure skater Miyuki Suto, had her daughter change into a sponsor's belt before she sat for a video interview and carefully arranged her hat in her hands so the logos could be seen. Miroku Suto has extreme confidence, saying through an interpreter she wants to become “a legend.” Although Suto won consecutive titles in the 6-and-under age group at the Junior World Golf Championships in 2017-18 on a par-3 course, she hasn't done as well as she's moved up in age.news.yahoo.com
‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ creator Kazuki Takahashi's cause of death confirmed after autopsy
An autopsy report by the Japan Coast Guard has confirmed that “Yu-Gi-Oh!” creator Kazuki Takahashi died by drowning in the sea in Okinawa, Japan. The artist had injuries to his abdomen and lower body that are now believed to have been caused by marine animals after he drowned. Takahashi is known for his manga series “Yu-Gi-Oh!,” which was first published in the comic magazine Weekly Shonen Jump in 1996.news.yahoo.com
Japan readies for tourists from abroad
Japan is bracing for a return of tourists from abroad, as border controls to curb the spread of coronavirus infections are gradually loosened. After two long years, Yusuke Otomo, who owns a kimono rental shop, can barely contain his excitement. Hopes are running high at such businesses catering to foreign tourists, who numbered more than 30 million people a year before the pandemic. For now, foreign tourists are allowed in limited numbers and only on group tours. Visas are being given only to certain countries, including Thailand and the U.S., that are deemed to pose a minimal health risk, so people can enter without a quarantine. (June 28)news.yahoo.com
Japan toughens defamation penalties after wrestler's suicide
Japan’s parliament approved tougher penalties for criminal defamation Monday in a move prompted by a bullied wrestler's suicide and that is raising free speech concerns. Parliamentary deliberations on toughening the defamation law began in January after Hana Kimura took her own life at 22. Kimura faced bullying and insults on social media in 2020 after appearing on the Netflix show “Terrace House,” about three men and three women temporarily living together at a shared house in Tokyo.news.yahoo.com
Why Japan’s Yen Is the Weakest in 20 Years and What That Means
The yen has slipped to two-decade lows against the dollar largely because Japan has a different view on inflation than its global peers. The Bank of Japan stands out among major central banks with its commitment to maintain rock-bottom interest rates to boost a sputtering economy, even as surging prices worldwide spur the US Federal Reserve to roll back stimulus and raise rates. A weaker yen can both benefit and harm the economy, businesses and consumers. The steepness of its slide, however, haswashingtonpost.com
US naval officer in Japan faces prison over deadly crash
For Ridge Alkonis, a U.S. Navy lieutenant living in Japan, a springtime trip with his wife and three children to Mount Fuji was intended as fun and leisurely family time before an expected deployment. In the telling by Alkonis' family and supporters, the naval officer abruptly lost consciousness in the car, causing him to slump over behind the wheel after suffering acute mountain sickness. With a Japanese court set to hear an appeal Wednesday of Alkonis’ prison sentence, his parents are pleading for leniency for an act they say was nothing more than a terrible accident but that prosecutors view as deadly negligence.news.yahoo.com
Oldest Chinese restaurant in Japan shuts down after 138 years
After filing for bankruptcy protection on Thursday, Japan's oldest existing Chinese restaurant, Heichinrou, is shutting down after 138 years of business. The restaurant, located in Yokohama Chinatown, first opened in 1884, catering to foreigners who moved to the city during the Meiji Restoration. Boasting 138 years of business, Heichinrou claimed itself to be the oldest existing Chinese restaurant in Japan on their website.news.yahoo.com
"Lots of luck on his trip to the moon": Biden responds to Elon Musk's economic doubts
President Biden on Friday responded to Elon Musk's recent doubts about the U.S. economy, saying he wished the Tesla CEO "lots of luck on his trip to the moon." According to Reuters, Musk said in an email to Tesla executives Thursday he has a "super bad feeling" about the economy and he said in an email to employees Friday that he'll be cutting about 10% of workers.news.yahoo.com
Djokovic backs ATP, laments Wimbledon 'lose-lose situation'
Novak Djokovic says he plans to defend his title at Wimbledon this year and supports the decision by the ATP men’s tour to withhold ranking points from that tournament as a show of unity among players — even though the move will negatively affect his hold on the No. 1 spot.
UN nuclear agency chief: Fukushima transparency important
The chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency has stressed the importance of transparency after visiting the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, where he observed preparations for the release of treated radioactive wastewater that has prompted concerns inside and outside Japan.
The AP Interview: US trade rep. sees opportunity in recovery
The top U.S. trade negotiator says with world economies all suffering from more than two years of the coronavirus pandemic and global supply problems exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United States has an “incredible opportunity” to engage with other nations and forge new partnerships and agreements.
Japan welcomes new US Indo-Pacific economic initiative
Japan is welcoming a new U.S. economic initiative for the Indo-Pacific that President Joe Biden is expected to roll out during a visit to Tokyo next week because it demonstrates American commitment to a regional economic order that is not just about market access.
US: N. Korea may conduct missile test as Biden visits Asia
A senior Biden administration official says U.S. intelligence shows that it’s a “genuine possibility” that North Korea will conduct another ballistic missile test or nuclear test around President Joe Biden’s visit to South Korea and Japan that begins later this week.